Soccer star faces false ID charge

Soccer star faces false ID charge

Premier League footballer Cheick Tiote has appeared in court accused of several driving-related offences including using a false identity document.

The Newcastle United star faced Newcastle Magistrates' Court charged with using a false ID document and four other offences.

The 27-year-old midfielder is accused of fraud by false representation and possessing an identification document "that was false and that you knew or believed was false, namely a Belgian driving licence with the intention of using the document to establish personal information about you".

He is also charged with making a false statement to obtaincar insurance in September 2011; driving a Chevrolet - with his personalised T10 TEV plate - without a licence in February; and driving the Chevrolet without third party insurance on the same date.

The false identity document charge can only be dealt with at a crown court and the other charges are linked, magistrates were told.

The Ivory Coast international was granted unconditional bail and told to reappear at Newcastle Crown Court on July 5.

Copyright Press Association 2013